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Mike Ryan

Global Beverage Director, Acurio International, Chicago

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mike is well-equipped to take Acurio’s cocktail program to the next level. Acurio International, the foremost global restaurant company specializing in Peruvian cuisine, and for many years a leader in the promotion of Pisco and an innovator in its use, is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Ryan as its new Corporate Beverage Director.

Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role. Most recently, he served as the National Director of Bars at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where he was instrumental in shaping the beverage identity of dozens of unique restaurants within the company.

In Mike’s new role, he will oversee Acurio’s global beverage program across all locations in the USA, LATAM, Europe, and the Middle East including the La Mar brand, Tanta, Yakumanka and new concept Jarana. He will be responsible for developing new and exciting beverage offerings, creating training programs for staff, implementing organizational systems, and ensuring that all locations are upholding Acurio International’s high standards for quality and service.

Meet our Judges

Ariel Neal

Vice President United States Bartenders Guild- Chicago Chapter, Chicago

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago